High School Choices
Below you will find a list of high schools sorted by admissions methods that many of our former students attend. You can find more information in the New York City High School Directory, which is given to 7th grade students at the year of the school year. Find the online directory HERE.
Please keep me posted about schools you feel should be added to this list.
These programs rank students based on their performance in an audition that evaluates how strong they are in a specific performing arts and/or visual arts area. Audition requirements, dates, and times are included on the school pages. Some Audition programs may also consider students’ academic performance and attendance from the prior school year.
Educational Option (Ed. Opt.)
Educational Option programs are meant to serve students having a wide range of academic levels. These programs admit students who have high, middle and low reading levels. Half of the students in each reading level group will be selected based on their rankings from the school using multiple criteria. The other half will be selected randomly from the remaining applicants.
Limited Unscreened programs give priority to students who demonstrate interest in the school by attending a school’s information session(s), open house event(s), or by visiting the school’s table at any one of the high school fairs. You must sign in at these events to receive priority to the school’s Limited Unscreened program(s).
These programs rank students based on criteria that may include final report card grates, ELA and math standardized test scores, and attendance and punctuality from the prior school year. Each Screened program may also list any additional requirements to be considered, such as an interview, essay, on-site exam, or demonstrated interest in the school (such as attendance at an Open House or other school visit) in the selection criteria section of the Directory.
Test (Specialized High School Admissions Test)
Test programs require students to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) for entrance. Eight Specialized High Schools are the only schools that require the SHSAT. For more information, please review the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook, or see page 11.
Private and Independent School Options
For private and independent schools, parents and students may visit the The Parents League of New York's website HERE. Each year in September, The Parents League holds fairs for both boarding schools and for middle and upper day schools.
Find more about admissions to NYC Catholic High Schools: HERE
Find more about Student Sponsors Scholarship (SSP) for Select Catholic Schools: HERE
Last updated April 16, 2019